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Editing is a tricky business. It requires analytical flair and creative panache, the patience of a saint and the vision of a writer. Transforming a manuscript into a book that edifies, inspires, and sells? Thatand#8217;s the job of the developmental editor, whose desk is the first stop for many manuscripts on the road to bookdomand#8212;a route ably mapped out in the pages of Developmental Editing.

Author Scott Norton has worked with a diverse range of authors, editors, and publishers, and his handbook provides an approach to developmental editing that is logical, collaborative, humorous, and realistic. He starts with the core tasks of shaping the proposal, finding the hook, and building the narrative or argument, and then turns to the hard work of executing the plan and establishing a style.

Developmental Editing includes detailed case studies featuring a variety of nonfiction booksand#8212;election-year polemic, popular science, memoir, travel guideand#8212;and authors ranging from first-timer to veteran, journalist to scholar. Handy sidebars offer advice on how to become a developmental editor, create effective illustration programs, and adapt sophisticated fiction techniques (such as point of view, suspense, plotting, character, and setting) to nonfiction writing. and#160;

Nortonand#8217;s book also provides freelance copyeditors with a way to earn higher fees while introducing more creativity into their work lives. It gives acquisitions, marketing, and production staff a vocabulary for diagnosing a manuscriptand#8217;s flaws and techniques for transforming it into a bestseller. And perhaps most importantly, Developmental Editing equips authors with the concrete tools they need to reach their audiences.

About the Author

Scott Norton is developmental editor and project manager for science at the University of California Press.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; What Developmental Editing Is

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Whom This Book Is For

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; What This Book Covers

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Some Ground Rules

and#160;

1and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Concept: Shaping the Proposaland#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Author Profile: The Veteran

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Client Profile: The Agent

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Assignment: The Proposal with Too Many Concepts

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Locate the Concept

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Profile the Audience

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Evaluate Market Potential

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Bring the Vision into Focus

and#160;

2and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Content: Assessing Potential

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Author Profile: The First-timer

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Client Profile: The Big Trade House

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Assignment: The Tome with Too Many Subjects

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Size Up the Author

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Size Up the Publisher

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Size Up the DE

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Create a Content Summary

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Find the Main Subject

3and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Thesis: Finding the Hook

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Author Profile: The Coauthors

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Client Profile: The Small Trade House

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Assignment: The Study with Too Many Theses

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Cull Theses from Topics

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Beware of the Rehash

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Choose the Main Thesis

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Create a Working Title

and#160;

4and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Narrative: Tailoring the Timeline

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Author Profile: The Historian

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Client Profile: The Copublisher

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Assignment: The Sprawling Saga

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Untangle Timelines from Arguments

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Find the Main Timelines

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Brainstorm Timeline Strategies

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Compose the New Timeline

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Finetune the Timeline

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Restore Bits of Argument

and#160;

5and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Exposition: Deploying the Argument

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Author Profile: The Theorist

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Client Profile: The University Press

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Assignment: The Theory with Too Many Tangents

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Untangle Arguments from Timelines

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Find the Main Arguments

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Brainstorm Argument Strategies

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Compose the New Argument

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Finetune the Argument

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Restore Bits of Timeline

and#160;

6and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Plan: Drafting a Blueprint

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Write Up the Plan

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Compose Chapter Theses

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Intervene Strategically

7and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Rhythm: Setting the Pace

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Author Profile: The Sole Authority

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Client Profile: The Regional House

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Assignment: The Local History Turned Personal

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Rearrange the Furniture

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Draft New Passages

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Balance Chapter Weights

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Edit for Pace

and#160;

8and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Transitions: Filling in the Blanks

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Author Profile: The Dead Author

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Client Profile: The Self-Publisher

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Assignment: The Memoir with Lapses

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Create Opening Transitions

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Create Closing Transitions

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Draw Conclusions

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Place Those Conclusions

and#160;

9and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Style: Training the Voice

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Author Profile: The Journalist

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Client Profile: The Book Packager

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Assignment: The Story with Too Many Voices

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Set the Tone

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Parse the Rhetoric

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Master Abstraction

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Gauge the Ironies

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Harmonize the Voices

and#160;

10and#160;and#160; Display: Dressing Up the Text

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Author Profile: The Author-for-Hire

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Client Profile: The Trade Reference House

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Assignment: The Guidebook with Poor Signage

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Consider Subheads

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Consider Epigraphs

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Draft an Art Plan

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Illustrate Concepts

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Visualize Data

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Test-Drive Maps

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Add Lagniappe

and#160;

Afterword

Further Reading

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226595146
Author:
Norton, Scott
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Developmental editing
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Editing & Proofreading
Subject:
Publishing
Subject:
Reference-Editing
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 tables
Pages:
252
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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